Meet the Team


The doctors at Peace River Veterinary Clinic are members of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Charlotte Veterinary Medical Association, and the Charlotte County and Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce. The doctors are continuously keeping their knowledge current with the very latest advancements in veterinary medicine by attending continuing education conferences, veterinary association meetings, reading veterinary journals, and conferring with colleagues and specialists.

Mark DeGrove graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, and has been practicing in Charlotte County since then. Dr. DeGrove is married to Debbie and has two children, Michael and Julie (Dr. Julie Reece).  Mark enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as internal medicine and dermatology. The DeGroves have owned many Border Collies over the years as well as cats, birds, horses, and other pets. Community involvement includes Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, member and past director of Sunrise Kiwanis for over 40 years, and previous involvement with the Charlotte County Coastal Conservation Association as Board member, past president, and many other positions for over 25 years. The DeGroves also do a lot of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. When Dr. DeGrove is not in the office, he is probably fishing or enjoying time with his three grandchildren.

Julie Reece graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, having completed her clinical year at the University of Missouri. She joined her father in practice at Peace River Veterinary Clinic in 2010. Julie is married to Matthew and they have two beautiful children, Owen and Hailey. She enjoys surgery of all types, especially cystotomies and growth removals. She has always had a passion for animals and has owned many different species of pets through the years. Julie enjoys taking care of her flock of chickens and hanging with her dog, Hula. She enjoys many outdoor activities and traveling abroad.

Eleni Marx graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, having completed her clinical year at Auburn University. Eleni is originally from New Jersey, but migrated south with her husbandBrian, to be in warm and sunny Florida. Eleni enjoys dermatology and internal medicine. She has loved animals her whole life, and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she got her first dog, Ellie.  Eleni enjoys spending her free time with her daughter Sophia, being at the beach, kayaking, and also time with her kitty, Meow Meow and dog, Bumpkin. 

Juliann Jakeman graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Juliann and her husband, Justin, relocated from Kansas after her graduation to be close to her family in Punta Gorda. She enjoys preventative medicine, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Animals have always been at the center of Juliann’s life, as she grew up in 4-H and volunteering at the local animal shelter. While not at the clinic, she enjoys riding her horse, Malibu, going on adventures with her dogs, Tilly and Moose, tending to her chicken flock,  and keeping her goats and frisky kitten out of trouble.


From the north:
 Traveling south on U.S. 41 (also called Cross Street in Punta Gorda), we are just a few blocks over the bridge on the right side between West Olympia Ave. and West Marion Ave. The building is light green in color.

From the south: Traveling north on U.S. 41, turn left on Marion Avenue, then left again on U.S.  41 South (also called Cross Street in Punta Gorda). We are the light green building on the right side between West Olympia Ave. and West Virginia Ave.



               327 Cross St.
               Punta Gorda, FL
  • Mon - Fri:
    8AM to 5PM
  • Sat:
    9 am to 12 pm
  • Sun:

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